By Bilkisu Ahmed, Minna

In Niger State, the Police arrested a middle- aged man, Ayuba Umar who confessed to have been hired to kill or kidnap a hotelier in Keffi.     Two fake corps members, Temitayo Eniola Ogueyungbo and Theresa Chinenya Ugwu were also rounded up while trying to register officially at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Paiko.

Police sources said on the 9th of this Month, the suspected kidnapper/hired assassin was arrested at the premises of Intercontinental Bank,  Suleja, Niger State where he had gone to withdraw an amount said to have been transferred into his account by his supposed target, Partrick Marshal.

Niger State Director of Security, Mr. Larry Obiagwu told Crime Guard  in Minna that the suspected hired killer/kidnapper had told Mr. Marshal that somebody had commissioned him to either take his life or kidnap him.   “ He, however said out of pity and magnanimity, the victim should pay only N250,000 to save his life.  It was an option which needed no consideration as Mr. Marshal immediately agreed to pay the full amount but officially reported the matter to the police.

“Swift action was taken by both the targeted man and the SSS who paid first installment of N12,000 only to his account which he succeeded in withdrawing.   Nemesis however, caught up with him when he was alerted few days later to march to his bank to withdraw the balance but unknown to him, a trap had been set for him which he could not escape.   The suspect was threatening the Hotel manager through phone to either settle him with the balance or he would be forced to carry out his mission in line with his agent’s order”.

Mr. Obiagwu further said that the suspect had made useful statements which will further help security agents after which he will be handed over for prosecution.  

When Crime Guard asked the suspect what led him to the crime, he simply said, “I regret what I have done. It is the devil that led me to it.”

Also paraded were two fake corps members, Temitayo Eniola Ogyeyunbgo (M) and Theresa Chinenye Ugwu,  a nursing mother who were arrested on the 6th and 8th of this month respectively while trying to register officially at the Niger State NYSC Orientation Camp in Paiko with different fake call up letters.

Temitayo was said to have graduated from the Department of Economics at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State under the part- time Programme of the Institution which ordinarily does not quality him for the service.   Because of regular demand for his discharge letter from his possible employers, he could no longer be patient to take a right course but rather, agreed to fake a call up letter.

Though he succeeded in obtaining the letter but not without coughing out N50,000 to the leader of the syndicate simply called “Uncle” which he paid in two installments of N30,000 and N20,000 respectively.   The alarm however, blew open at the last point of registration at the NYSC Camp in Paiko where it was discovered that the letters tendered were fake.

Theresa who was caught in a similar circumstance was said to have, out of desperation to serve, coughed out a whopping amount of N350,000 to get the call up letter which eventually led to her arrest at the last spot also at the Camp in Paiko.

Though she also attended Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, investigations revealed that she could not sit for the final examination following her pregnancy which denied him graduating.

In a chat with Crime Guard, Theresa confessed that in her final year, she was impregnated but jilted by her fiancee who had agreed to marry her.   She failed to graduate but eventually got a baby as consolation. She however, summoned  courage to go back to school to finish up before she was convinced by her cousin, Sunday Anigbo who linked her up with one Mr. Valentine who eventually convinced her not to waste her time going back to school.   He assured her of a certificate and a call up letter to serve but at a cost of N350,000 which she readily agreed to pay.

Though it was an assurance fulfilled by head of the syndicate who is said to be a staff at the Examination and Records Department of the University.

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